Bobcat Blast

October 14, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Bethany Families,

Oct. 18-22 is Digital Citizenship Week! Being a good digital citizen means staying safe while connected and understanding both the realities and opportunities of the digital world in which we live. Just as we teach children to be aware of how their actions can impact others in face-to-face communication, the same holds true for online actions. In essence, a good citizen should also be a good digital citizen.

One way to introduce your own children to these concepts is to engage in honest discussions about digital habits. Below are some “dinner time” or “commute time” discussion prompts to get the conversation started.

K-2 questions:

  • What are three rules you can use to stay safe when you use the internet? (Sample responses: Stick to places that are for kids, always ask a grown up first, only talk to people you know)
  • How do you feel when your screen time is over and you have to turn it off?

Grades 3-5 questions:

  • How can your behaviors online affect others?
  • How can some media choices be more or less healthy that others?

One of my favorite resources as a starting place for conversations with my own sons regarding specific media is Beginning in upper elementary school, I taught them how to use the website to research the appropriateness of a video game they wanted to buy or a movie they wanted to watch. It was a great starting point for discussions. Sometimes they wouldn't even bother asking if they knew a game was not in line with our values (ex: too violent). Access to the internet is EVERYWHERE. I like to think of the internet like water safety; the best way to keep your child safe is to teach them how to 'swim'. ❤️

Ms. Toni Rosenquist

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Important Dates

  • 15 CogAT Screener for 3rd grade *
  • 15 - 21 Scholastic Book Fair *
  • 20th - Conferences on Zoom, There IS School this day
  • 21st - Conferences on Zoom, No School
  • 22nd - Teacher Work Day, No School
  • 25th - International Dwarfism Awareness Day, Wear Green
  • 27th - Picture Day *
  • 29th - Character Dress Up Day *
  • 30th - Haunted Hallway... with a twist *

* See detailed information below

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Fall Conferences

October 20: 4:00 - 8:00pm. This Is a Regular School Day

October 21: 12:00 - 8:00pm. No School

October 22: Teacher Work Day, No School

Conferences will be on Zoom this fall. You should have received a ParentSquare email with a sign-up link yesterday from your teacher. They will also send out a zoom link closer to the actual conferences.

If you have not seen the conference sign-up, please email your teacher today.

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We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. This event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.


October 15 - October 19 (Friday, Monday, and Tuesday)

2:35-4:00 pm

Wednesday, October 20

2:35 - 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 21

12:30 - 7:00 pm

Come shop for new books at the Scholastic Book Fair. Parents! Set up an e-wallet for easy payment through this link:

Book Character Dress Up Day

Let’s kick-off the Read-A-Thon with Character Dress Up Day on October 29th!

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Picture Day Coming Soon

Mark your calendar for October 27th, and plan to have your students here.

We will send home picture envelopes on October 20th, they will need to be brought back to school on picture day

You can also order online by clicking on the link below. Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day. You will need to print your receipt and turn it in with the envelope.

Dorian Online

Here are some tips to make picture day great!

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Resources for COVID Anxiety

Hi parents, I am Michelle Schimpke, the school social worker at Bethany. This recording is meant for you to watch with your child to prompt discussion about any worries and anxiety they may be feeling regarding the pandemic. Please make sure you are watching the recording with your child. It gives some information about pandemics in general to help normalize what we are going through.

Next, we talk about how to healthily process our big emotions and some coping strategies we can use. The last part of the recording is for parents/trusted adults only and goes over some strategies you can implement for your child (or yourself!) on how to get a good night sleep in this stressful time.

I give some resources at the end, and as always, I am available via ParentSquare anytime!

Recorded Zoom Talk for parents. COVID Anxiety Recording

Thank you!

Michelle Schimpke

Click below for Mindful Breathing Cards and a slide deck that goes along with the video.

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Volunteers Needed for Cafeteria

Currently we are unable to have volunteers in the classroom, but we can have volunteers in district approved roles. One of those places is the cafeteria.

We are now looking for volunteers to help in the cafeteria each day between 10:45 - 12:00. You would be helping the younger grades select what they want for lunch, and keeping the line moving. If you are able to commit to one day a week please contact Sue at

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Haunted Hallway... with a twist

This year we’ll be holding the Haunted Hallway as an outdoor event under the covered area in the back of the school on Saturday October 30th from 6:30 to 7:30pm! Help the 5th Graders have an awesome end of year party! Bring cash to enter into raffles for over 10 cool prizes. Entry to the event is free. Masks are required.

If you are a 5th grade parent OR your 5th grader would like to participate please do the following:

You must have had a background check to volunteer. If you haven’t had a background check please do so ASAP here: Volunteer - Beaverton School District. Questions? Email

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Thank you to the following students and parents who helped prepare books for our 2nd Annual Book Give-Away. They worked so hard and together they processed all 28 boxes in two hours.

Isavel, Cali, Manasvi, Twila, Life, Aaron, Jamie, Aiden, Lincoln, Shunsuke, Keiko, Nao, and Elizabeth

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School Meals Menu

Volunteering at Bethany

Help Us Purchase School Supplies

Online Payment System

Here are the instructions to follow, once you are in the system:

  • Click on your student’s name
  • Click on school Items
  • Click on the correct grade
  • Click on school supplies

After School Classes

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Keep Connected to What Is Happening

Bethany Calendars

Here are 3 ways to stay up to date on important Bethany information.

The Bobcat Blast is our weekly Newsletter. You will receive it in your email on Thursdays. Please be sure to read it weekly.

Following us on Facebook.

Bethany Facebook

We also keep our website up to date, so you can always check there for important information

Bethany Website

COVID Regulations

If your child is presenting with any of the following primary COVID symptoms, a staff member will accompany your child to the school isolation room:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • a New Loss of taste or smell

Students with primary COVID symptoms, will need to have proof of a negative COVID test, or a Doctor's note, or quarantine for 10 days to return to school.